Tim Peake and Jan Woerner walking to the launch pad

ESA astronaut Tim Peake and Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, walking to the launch pad, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on 15 December 2015.

Tim will leave for the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome at 11:03 GMT (12:03 CET) with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko.

Follow Tim Peake and his mission via timpeake.esa.int and watch the launch live on the ESA website.

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American, Russian and Briton Join International Space Station Crew

Hatches between the International Space Station and an arriving Soyuz spacecraft opened at 2:24 p.m. EST Tuesday, signaling the arrival of three new crew members, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra. They will join other residents on the station to continue important research that advances NASA's journey to Mars.

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American, Russian and Briton Join International Space Station Crew

Hatches between the International Space Station and an arriving Soyuz spacecraft opened at 2:24 p.m. EST Tuesday, signaling the arrival of three new crew members, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra. They will join other residents on the station to continue important research that advances NASA's journey to Mars.

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Tim Peake performs the traditional door signing at the Cosmonaut Hotel

ESA astronaut  Tim Peake performs the traditional door signing at the Cosmonaut Hotel, prior to departing the hotel for launch in a Soyuz rocket, from Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, on 15 December 2015.

Tim will leave for the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome at 11:03 GMT (12:03 CET) with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko.

Follow Tim Peake and his mission via timpeake.esa.int and watch the launch live on the ESA website.

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Plunging into the Ionosphere: Satellite’s Last Days Improve Orbital Decay Predictions

Scientists are learning more about how the upper atmosphere and ionosphere affect space satellites as well as communications and navigation here on Earth, thanks to new data from a U.S. Air Force satellite that recently completed a more than seven-year mission.

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Plunging into the Ionosphere: Satellite’s Last Days Improve Orbital Decay Predictions

Scientists are learning more about how the upper atmosphere and ionosphere affect space satellites as well as communications and navigation here on Earth, thanks to new data from a U.S. Air Force satellite that recently completed a more than seven-year mission.

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Principia docking and ingress highlights

Docking, hatch opening and press conference for the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft's arrival at the International Space Station on 15 December 2015.

ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko docked with the ISS at 17:33 GMT/18:33 CET following their launch was at 11:03 GMT (12:03 CET) from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The trio will spend six months on the International Space Station. Tim Peake’s Principia mission includes running over 30 scientific experiments for ESA.

Follow Tim Peake via timpeake.esa.int and follow the whole mission on ESA’s Principia blog.

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Principia docking

Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft docking with the International Space Station 15 December 2015. Inside the spacecraft were ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko. Their launch was at 11:03 GMT (12:03 CET) from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The trio will spend six months on the International Space Station. Tim Peake’s Principia mission includes  running over 30 scientific experiments for ESA.

Follow Tim Peake via timpeake.esa.int and follow the whole mission on ESA’s Principia blog.

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Principia launch highlights

ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko were launched into space 15 Decemeber 11:03 GMT from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The launch marks the start of Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission on the International Space Station running over 30 scientific experiments for ESA.
Follow Tim Peake via http://timpeake.esa.int and follow the whole mission on ESA’s Principia blog: http://blogs.esa.int/principia.

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Principia liftoff

ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko were launched into space 15 Decemeber 11:03 GMT from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The launch marks the start of Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission on the International Space Station running over 30 scientific experiments for ESA.

Follow Tim Peake via timpeake.esa.int and follow the whole mission on ESA’s Principia blog.

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